November 28th, 2012

Here’s a Good Spot to Build On Boles

Nick Boles is getting it in the neck today after labelling green-belt campaigners ‘hysterical scaremongering latter-day Luddites’. He is also calling for a third more for the UK to be concreted over and built on. Guido suspects that planning minister is doing the usual trick of going tonto to begin with, so that there is room to row back and look reasonable. Either way, given his distaste for NIMBY-ism, Guido presumes Boles won’t mind if his inheritance is the first place to be built on? Maybe a wind-farm too for good measure? Above is the view from his family’s Somerset pile.

One day son all this will be yours, to concrete.


  1. 1
    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    94% of the U.K. is rural (let’s keep it that way to keep houses unaffordable!).

  2. 2
    Abu Hava Qatada says:

    Yes mr Boles I would love you to build our new house here.

  3. 3
    Joss Ayinglike says:


  4. 4

    We don’t have a housing crisis, we have a population crisis for which WE can claim all the credit.

    All those lovely new Libor voters :)

  5. 5
    restore the monasteries says:

    Good place for a monastery,without the religion.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t concrete over West Bagborough. Too many valuable cannabis mines:

  7. 7
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    On today this mornig after all the flood mongering, the arsewipe said that more homes need to be built for our children. Wrong, more dwellings need to be built for forigners and their offspring (usually upwards of three per breeder).

  8. 8
    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:


  9. 9
    Plato says:

    £1,000 for the Leveson report a day early isn’t much? =>

  10. 10
    Terrible But True says:

    ‘Affordable housing’, eh?

    Like ‘affordable insurance’ ((c)BBC) for all those in said housing on flood plains whose doubtless tax-funded defences will send the water downstream to the next bunch of folk?

    Like a BBC incomptence side-stepping, I am unsure if actual taxpayers can afford much more of such ‘affordability’.

    And just think of all those grateful, beholden, mostly housebound, loo-flushing, untaxed or uninsured car washing, postal-enabled, registered voters…

  11. 11
    Mark Carney says:

    Today’s Order of Business shows order of MPs who might be called to ask a question at #PMQs

    Should be good for a laugh !

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    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    Latest wheeze from AlJabeebya is UNDERemployment.

    Wonder whether they’ll look into whether people would be any better off working more than part-time when the marginal income tax rate is 97% due to means testing benefit withdrawal.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Who is this Nick Boles that thinks buildings are more beautiful than nature!

    Look at his numbers 3% more development in open areas and our troubles are solved. Obviously not a master of the concept of supply and demand.

    So 3% disappears. When does the next 3% go. So in 30 times the future vision distance of a “Nick Boles” we will be building over the sea too.

    People as a group are sensible. Historically they have used appropriate land for development. For example an area with a water supply or sheltered from winds. Now those areas are gone, we have to build in inappropriate areas. Or worse areas more appropriate to other tasks like “nature”.

    So 3% more water usage, greater than 3% more energy usage, 3% less, or worse, agricultural land, much greater than 3% more imports.

    On which level does he think this is “sustainable”. This word is the corner stone of development permissions, but as long as it does not include the big picture, and only issues relating to the one piece of land, it is all “developable”.

    It is the big picture that should be “sustainable”. We can not sustain this growth in numbers. The only way the “Nick Boles” method will work, is to start invading and depopulating other countries so that they can be forced to produce our needs.

    Typical arguments of a person given a task to fix a symptom. While the leaders ignore the illness.

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    A.N. Architect says:

    An excellent idea. What we need are a few more enormous housing developments with as many revolting looking shoe boxes as possible crammed into them. Alternatively, for urban areas I can project my ego into another 900-storey glass monstrosity that looks like a pen1s.

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    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    Maybe someone in Government will discover there’s a link between insurance risk and the premium…

  17. 17
    ah! monika says:

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has received a copy of the Leveson report into press standards ahead of Thursday release – @alexforrestitv

    Give him a call G . £1000 not to be sniffed at.

  18. 18
    Ed Miliband (Prime Minister designate) says:

    I will make a statement to Parliament today on how the UK will vote on the Palestinian resolution at the UN (William Hague)

    Answer …..Abstain

    You heard it here first folks.

  19. 19
    Moussa Koussa Mark 2 says:


    Another Dave Gay Boy…LOL

  20. 20
    Common Purpose Stasi says:

    We need homes for EU newcomer progressive Labour voters.

    Millions of new homes on English green belt.

    First we took your cities. This is phase two.

    Millions of enlightened socialist thinkers from the East are coming to England – we need homes fit for these new heroes of the EU as they enter the front line of the fight for federalist progressive EU politics against the old nation order.

    Glorious days – & the three main UK parties are one.

  21. 21
    Big Willy says:

    Building for ‘our children’ eh? Can someone remind me how many children Mr Bowels has?

  22. 22
    ah! monika says:


  23. 23
    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    You are a founder of the NIMBY party and I claim my 0.000000000000001% of the price of tiny plot of land.

  24. 24
    Rab Butler says:

    The Town and Country Planning Act 1947 and its defendants are an utter disgrace. It is why most of us live in vastly overpriced rabbit hutches.
    The average Chinese apartment is bigger than the average British house.
    We should use the countryside to produce quality housing for everyone, instead of for highly subsidised factory farming.

    Obviously we should keep the national parks and maybe even create new ones.

    But just now the balance is tipped far too much in favour of factory farming over quality of life for the majority.

  25. 25
    Moussa Koussa Mark 2 says:

    We need many many new homes to put Bolly Boris Woods 15000 a year indian visa uni fodder

  26. 26
    Plato says:

    Yeah, I saw that. So, according to the BBC, more people want to work after retirement, and now more people want to work longer hours.

    Methinks there is a pattern here? And I’m not sure I like it…

  27. 27
    Jen The Blue says:

    England’s green and pleasant land? Not anymore. What with an area of 40 miles by 40 miles being concreted (oh, and what will happen to all the water that runs off that when it rains heavily?) and of course the indispensable industrial wind turbines dribbling their 20 milliwatts into the grid 20 days a year, what a beautiful coutry we will have created.

  28. 28
    Jimmy says:

    Boles is right – we need homes for our Grandchildren and people from the new EU states.

    More Labour voters! Thanks Nick – I agree with you.

  29. 29
    CarryHole is a Huge Hunt says:

    Actually Poles have faced end-stage marxism, they’re the least likely to vote for it, as they work. It’s non-caucasian immigrants/home-grown existing benefit addicts that vote for entitlements.

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    Anonymous says:

    If him and his family get planning permission to build houses it might be worth even more.

    Issues are

    1) where is the money to build houses?
    2) where is the money to support the infrastructure needed for these new houses?
    3) will it be built in places where there is a demand? For e.g. there is a lot of demand in Central London, are they going to built on Hyde Park?

    In my view as a country we should use the houses much more. Most of the people in this world, live in much less space in a house than UK. In other words if you cannot afford share the house / rooms more.

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    Jimmy says:

    Good, very good – keep up the doublethink comrade

  32. 32
    Tachybaptus says:

    Sockpuppet, you’d be more convincing if you imitated what Jimmy says, not what he thinks.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    You don’t have to travel to work many others haven’t got that option. By the way why doesn’t the government tell you and your family to find a job or stop benefits as it is doing with others?

  34. 34
    i don't like you either says:

    another Bilderberg member going up in the food chain, what an amazing surprise. This bloke will be a major cabinet minister before long. If for no other reason that there needs to be more gays on tv

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    Sandra in Accounts says:

    This must be part of the plot to destroy the Tory Party from within.

    I cannot for the life of me believe that for a few measly hundred thousand pounds in donations over 5 years from developers, that the Conservative Party would commit further electoral suicide in their strongholds.

    HS2? Bought for by developer donations & destoying Tory voter base on the route.

    Now this? Bonkers.

    I decided to vote UKIP a long time ago – insanity like this, even if it is rolled back to 10% of what is planned, confirms to me that I am making the right choice at the ballot box.


  36. 36
    My flooded fine and green land says:

    Ey? Back on his manor on a sunday afternoon, getting fresh air, up top,

    More, serfs, BADGERS!, get off my fecking robbed land!

    More tea Vicar?

  37. 37
    Bovis Barrat says:

    Fcuk a duck! Look all that luvverly space!

    I can get 6,000 houses – sorry Marketing department – homes, in that field alone. Make sure the rabbit hutches – sorry – homes, have just enough space to meet regulations and bingo, I can run up about another 600 with the leftovers. Squeeze ‘em in! Room for a small one!

    We can get right up the other side of the valley by next month.

    Do we own it yet?

  38. 38
    Tonto, Faithful Indian Companion, says:

    Me not happy being compared to mongo Nick Boles, Kimosabe.

  39. 39
    rick says:

    Boles is acting only according to his nature. These politicos really are verminous scum.

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    My Vote Never Counts says:

    I believe it’s called ‘carrying capacity’ – in ecological terms.

    You cannot support a population without enough resources – and that includes land to grow food – as well as uncultivated land to soak up intense rainfall etc.

    Growth cannot be infinite.

  41. 41
    Abu Hava Qatada says:

    Because my brothers will kill you, and then we will put onions on the rooves of your homes

  42. 42
    albacore says:

    I recall an old song about the boll-weevil
    It appears this one here sees and hears no evil
    Let them all come in; and the more, the merrier
    Till, when you die, there’s no land left to bury yer

  43. 43
    Only waycists object to their ethnic replacement says:

    We desperately need more Poles to build houses for P@kistanis in the English countryside.

  44. 44
    Observer says:

    There is also plenty of unused space above shops. London has many derelict properties on the edge of the congestion-charge zone. Some seem to have no use apart from being hoardings for posters, which is rather sad.

  45. 45
    Only in the Graun says:

    Well, all those Romainians and Bulgarians will have to live somewhere, won’t they?

    I favour the return of the brutalist style. Massive grey concrete towers reminicent of the Eastern Block in the 1970s. Should make them feel at home.

  46. 46
    jimbo says:

    surprised thatcher didn’t shut them down.

  47. 47
    Only in the Graun says:

    Don’t forget to put 3/4-size furniture in the ‘Show Home’.

  48. 48
    life's too short to believe any goverment says:

    Cut immigration, legal and illegal, then we can sort out our housing problems, ooooh I’m a racist how awful, said it for you, all politically correct hypocrites.

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    bumboys and nonces says:

    He’s fucking delicious (and a lover of cutcock too).

    Ticks all the boxes.

    So glad we funded his language course, so that he could whisper sweet nothings to his jooish arsebandit.

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    My flooded fine and green land says:

    Tax the bastardos to death, so they have to sell their piles to the english national trust for pennis. But Jamie is doing a good show of it at Blenheim though – now that is called forward thinking, even if a pair of nostrils got him to talk his old man to see the future.

    Death taxes can be circumvented these days friends, when brit monetary level reality strikes home, you english establishment plonkers, in your house of lawding over it, in Westminster. Us lost might as well be pissing in the Thames, keeping these lot in woolen red clothes, with their fat arses on their burgendy leather seats.

  51. 51
    bumboys and nonces says:

    You’re too honourable.

    Cocksuckers like Boles are two a penny.

  52. 52
    S.B.S. says:

    get rid of the illegal immigrants and there would be enough houses.

  53. 53
    Only in the Graun says:

    Our subcontinental friends seem pretty adept at doing it for themselves

    “The Slumdogs of Southall”

    They seem to be exempt from planning regulations.

  54. 54
    Well it's a thought says:

    First time I’ve watched PMQ’s since the uconned us used the libsh*tes to get in, I see the political changes in the country is still stagnant, with the crap still blocking the drains.

  55. 55
    Flood Plain Developer with full council permission says:

    That’s a good idea. If we built all the new houses on poles, we wouldn’t have flooding problems.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    Camoron and crime is falling, he means people have stopped reporting crimes as plod are not interested unless it’s speeding.

  57. 57
    City Planner says:

    Saves on sewerage infrastructure too as they can just crap through a hole in the floor straight into the water below.

  58. 58
    Only in the Graun says:

    What? They have to sell their piles for penis?

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    My advantage is that I was away from the UK for many years seeing the real world. I was shocked by the state of the decline of the UK when I returned.

    My view is that the EU is trying to destroy any strong feature about any country it covers. It is basically an economic/cultural civil war to destroy any sense belonging.

    It is like a bad manager brought into a company. On the first day the existing staff know everything, and the manager knows nothing. So to balance out this problem, the bad manager immediately reassigns every worker and alters the methods used. All the workers then spend all their time concentrating on how to make the new dictates work. During that time the manager gets to learn the personalities of the workers and how to manipulate them. The manager then knows everything.

    Control above productivity. The motto of the EU.

  60. 60
    CP Finder General says:

    What Tory party? Hasn’t existed since John Major left office.

    David Cameron is Common Purpose.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Affordable housing is the next big con. A tied population with a limited housing stock available to them. A two stream society.

    Just look at the contracts they are signing? The future is not defined and is not market determined. There is only one winner.

  62. 62
    Money Saving Expert says:

    Change your religion to Islam and then register your house as a ‘Place of Worship’

    Pay no Council Tax, a simple way for us all to save money in these austere times.

  63. 63
    Its simple guys says:

    There is no housing shortage. Even in London. There are loads of empty and unsold properties which can be brought into use by the simple expedient of the government buying them on the free market and handing them over to local authorites to rent out.

    There are also many high streets with only two story shops, all with flats in them; giving permission for these all to have a third floor added for accommodation will create thousands of new apartments and will use up no extra land at all.

  64. 64
    My flooded fine and green land says:

    yes, ok, shillings then… : ) TYPO ALERT!

  65. 65
    Big Cyril says:

    I was never a bumboy.

  66. 66
    George Lees says:

    Perhaps someone should apply for planning permission for his land and the land around and see what happens. (you do not need to be the owner to apply)

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    There certainly seems to be a vastly disproportional number gays in parliament. Hardly reflective of the general population as a whole.

    I don’t see why minorities in positions of power in numbers out of all proportion to their population size, is seen as a good thing.

  68. 68
    My flooded fine and green land says:

    Fucking pathetic mainstream beeb with that scottish yint tool at the moment, Neil, not covering the present Palestinian question, response from Hague, which is more of intrest to british viewers than those overpaid beeb hunts on telly selling their own fecking selves. Please, someone shoot them instead, or poison them with radioactivity….

  69. 69
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

    Sadly, the government can’t buy these properties because there’s no money left.

  70. 70
    The left/right backers of diversity says:

    All we are interested in is the profits and votes mass immigration gives us right now, this very instant. We don’t give a stuff about your country, your people or your future.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sure every western country has their own version of common purpose, all busily beavering away behind the scenes, undermining each country and facilitating ethnic replacement.

  72. 72
    My flooded fine and green land says:

    Whenever I say radioactity, I technologically become OCD, and think of Doctor Sheldon Cooper, who always, irritatingly, speaks sense – used my Hugh joke the other day in an episode – yes, I am actually called Hugh, well, Huw really, but that will confuse the issue… an I am from Wales, and welsh….

    Glows in the dark he does, due to his childhood fantasy with extra rich uranium.

  73. 73
    cynic says:

    Houses are for little people

  74. 74
    My flooded fine and green land says:

    bugger it, might as well post Sheldon having a scientific self-belief crisis, and going straight-jacketted-like,

    Or he has been playing with that plutonium in his bedroom again…

  75. 75
    Rab Butler says:

    H2S is plain stupid, the whole stack of cards is built under false assumptions. They should build a 6 runway airport in the Thames estuary instead.

    But creating homes instead of factory farming makes lots of sense at many levels, including getting the economy going again.

    And UKIP are the pro smoking party, it is in their policies and it is just stupid.

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    Rab Butler says:

    We live in rabbit hutches because of the strangulated supply of land.

  77. 77
    Rab Butler says:

    Or unless you are a freemason, they look after their own.

  78. 78
    yeah, right... says:

    Yes, but never mind the wage slave serfdom we’ve condemned our young people do. Think of all that diversity!

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    Prick Boles says:

    It is essential to build more houses for the hundreds of thousands of Romanian benefit chasers who will be coming to our shores in 2013.

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    yeah, right... says:

    Relative to our western european peers, our houses are:

    1. the smallest
    2. the most expensive.

    Population is one causal factor; the politically motivated Town & Country Planning Act and state guarantee of reckless bank lending are others.

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    My flooded fine and green land says:

    Sandra in accounts. You talk sense. You can type anything for me, especially in the lower case…. : )

    Song for Sandra from accounts, and why not, I think, it usually works, when I try and bring them sorts around to my way of thinking, Vicar,

    SEE! She is sitting in my lap now, and forgot all those memos she was supposed to type. Calm down Sandra for gawd sakes, leave it for tonight will you – remember, tell you hubby you are with wotsername, yes yes, that her ‘usband ‘as left her, RIGHT?, ok. See you at eight.

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    lojolondon says:

    Next step, he can be our ambassador to Libya, let’s see how those fundamentalists respond when being ‘teased’. Smoke Inhalation, anyone?

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    My flooded fine and green land says:

    by the way all, if you are all confused, Annwn is singing in the ancient Iberian north west Gallician brythonic language, quite similar to cornish, and welsh, and I suppose welsh as well, after the romans came… History dark ages see, oxbridge 1066 censors of history then!

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    He can also say it in Hebrew after getting the tax payer to fork out for language lessons so that he can converse with his Israeli “partner” over the breakfast table.

  85. 85
    Truthteller says:

    Hear Hear!!!

  86. 86
    Truthteller says:

    These Eastern European migrant workers have to be housed somewhere.

  87. 87
    Truthteller says:

    Don’t forget the Eastern European migrant workers.

  88. 88
    bumboys and nonces says:

    He’s nicely brought up – he wouldn’t speak with his mouth full.

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    Isaac Smithsonian says:

    Our government sends lots of taxpayers’ money to the various Ongybongy countries of the world to provide food and water for the starving population of these countries (this is separate to the money and arms we send to these countries so that they can destroy each other.)
    Of course, as we know, this food/water aid does little good (apart from enriching those for whose benefit it is not intended). So we get refugees, from Ongybongy countries, who come in and mop up more of the the excessive riches we provide through the money taken from the taxpayers. Housing, schools, food, welfare etc.
    May be if we did not send the money in the first place, to allow them to continue breeding in lands that are incapable of supporting life properly, and simply sent them contraceptive instructions (or gelding shears) our housing problems would be reduced as would our taxation. Unless of course our masters could find other schemes for sticky fingers.

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    Anonymous says:

    “Growth cannot be infinite.”
    The increase in the wealth of mp’s thanks to ex’s & allowances & the opportunities for part time jobs makes a nonsense of that assertion.

  91. 91
    Its simple guys says:

    There was plenty of money for quantitative easing

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    And the shortage of housing!

  93. 93
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    Not unlike ‘affordable train fares” increases in which have just been announced.

  94. 94
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    I got modddedd above for using the word which corresponds roughly to

    – ‘except’,
    – a ‘woolly thing won on the hand’ and
    – a tube within the male genitalia.

    Seems to be some sort of middle eastern celebration.

    Any more clues needed?

  95. 95
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    All the wimmin hitting their heads on glass ceilings would probably agree with you.

  96. 96
    Dougie says:

    Currently, 2% of the UK is concreted over. Increasing this by a third is hardly significant.

  97. 97
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    Trebleplusungood James.

  98. 98
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    Jerusalem. Any tangible connection do you suppose? Mr Child will show his roths methinks!

  99. 99
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    The Indians long ago had a solution to that little problem. Now all we need is either a supply of kindling, or to import a few vultures.

  100. 100
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    You will have the tree huggers wetting their knickers at the loss of so many of their woody friends.

  101. 101
    Paddy Waggoner says:

    .. and deport all the undesirables too while we are at it. Lots of free space once a spot of weeding is done.

  102. 102
    JH says:

    A sockpuppet of a sockpuppet, how ironic.

  103. 103
    JH says:

    FFS, we have enough houses now. They only reason they are so expensive is down to a monumental credit bubble egged on by the Fife Fuckup.

    Once interest rates go up – and they will – we will see how much ‘demand’ there is for houses at their current prices. Transaction levels are already at 30% of the average.

    If there was a shortage of houses, estate agents windows would be empty.

    And before anyone starts, a buoyant London Market due to capital flight does not mean shitbox semis in Methyr should be 6x average local wages.

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Except one big mistake. 3% extra on top of the 9% existing development makes 33% more resources needed.

  105. 105
    gordon shitte-brown says:

    says it all

  106. 106
    Childline supporter says:

    Just another upper-crust sodomite looking for street cred…

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:


  108. 108
    fitzfitz says:

    The Economist – sclerotic now – favours attacks on Green Belt land : good company .

  109. 109
    fitzfitz says:

    Immigration and migrants are the source of the need to concrete the land – the free press has not dealt with that factor …

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    XXXxx says:

    I think Joss that hill in the distance would be just right for a three 100 metre high windmills, he would be able to watch them turning slowly, day after day, producing all that lovely electricity to power up the HoC, if he owns the hill he will be quids in

  111. 111
    XXXxx says:

    Depended who owned them

  112. 112
    Let's fill our country with imported shitting machines says:

    Keep building taller and taller buildings without lifts; hopefully the third worlders will be too shagged out to breed; as a back up plan, sell all the leases to Larry Silverstein.

  113. 113
    BNFL says:

    That field in West Bagborough looks just the place for our proposed new nuclear power station. Got to do our bit for a sustainable and reliable source of abundant energy. we assume we can rely on the support of the local MP to help us *uck off the nimbies?

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    Home Sweet Home says:

    Apparently, there are enough empty house properties in this country to rehouse all the homeless with a surplus left over. Won’t work of course it we keep importing populations, legal or otherwise.

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    mother says:

    FFS — will someone strangle this fucking little idiot Minister asap

  116. 116
    Nemisis says:

    I thought I knew all the obnoxious little bastards but I missed this one having never heard of him before. He is in the same league as many of the other posh boys, having a face that’s just asking to be slapped and a manner about him that is arrogant and laughable. Where do the Tories get these abhorrent clowns?

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    Checking whether Dave's a Nimby says:

    Shit concrete all over Oxfordshire first

  118. 118
    Dave the Planner says:

    More immigration gives
    More work building houses gives
    More growth

    Isn’t my conservative led coalition just brilliant?

  119. 119
    Casual Observer says:

    Yet another gay member of Dave’s Government of K weers.

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